This Week’s San Diego Comic-Con to Include Talks by Newspaper Cartoonists

By: E&P Staff

Newspaper cartoonists will be a small but important presence at the Comic-Con 2008 event running this Thursday through Sunday at the San Diego Convention Center.

For instance, Keith Knight, Signe Wilkinson, Mike Peters, and Steve Breen will each speak at separate sessions.

Knight, who talks on Thursday, does “The Knight Life” comic for United Media.

Wilkinson, also speaking on Thursday, does the “Family Tree” comic for United and editorial cartoons for The Philadelphia Daily News and the Washington Post Writers Group. She’ll be introduced by United acquisition and development editor — and Universal Press Syndicate editorial cartoonist — Ted Rall.

Peters, who talks on Saturday, does the “Mother Goose & Grimm” comic for King Features Syndicate and editorial cartoons for The Dayton (Ohio) Daily News and King.

Breen, speaking on Sunday, does the “Grand Avenue” comic for United and editorial cartoons for The San Diego Union-Tribune and Creators News Service (CNS).

On Friday, a panel discussion on editorial cartooning will feature Wilkinson, Peters, and Breen as well as 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Ramirez (Investor’s Business Daily/CNS), Bill Schorr (United), and “Mr. Fish” (LA Weekly/Village Voice). The moderator is Daryl Cagle, the cartoonist who also runs the Cagle.MSNBC.com cartoon site and the Cagle Cartoons syndicate.

The four-day event — which drew about 125,000 people last year — will also include other speakers with a newspaper cartooning or webcomic connection.

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